Annual Black & White Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event will feature live entertainment, fabulous food stations, and an open bar. For sponsorship, advertising, and ticket information contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 941-952-5836.
International film festival, held in November.
BOWLS OF HOPE
The Sarasota Bowls Of Hope lunch is an annual community event to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.
FLORIDA ORANGE FESTIVAL
Annual family event promoting healthy active families. Held in December benefiting Defeat Diabetes Foundation. See www.popsextra.org for more info.
WINEFEST & AUCTION
A charity event that's a party with a purpose.
GREAT TEDDY BEAR RUN
Charity event to benefit non-profit KIDS by the SEA, helping local kids with cancer. Sponsored by the Sarasota Harley Owners Group. Includes a bike rodeo, bike show and live music at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Held each November. For more information call 941-951-7005
Annual family event in held in December in downtown Sarasota featuring marching bands, holiday decorated floats, live music and children's entertainment.
Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
Sarasota's annual OUT OF THE DARKNESS walk is open to the general public, survivors of suicide loss, and mental health workers / medical community. The walk is 3 miles in length (5K), with the route along Siesta Key Beach. Sponsored by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention a National non-for-profit organization. Call 726-2038
SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR
Interactive Medieval Fair. Village marketplace with merchants and food vendors, Human Combat Chess Match, Full-Contact Armored Jousting. Mingle with Queen Elizabeth I, Knights and Ladies, Musicians and Dancers. Enjoy many stage shows and performances. Call 888-303-FAIR for more information. Held in November.
The Winefest is a week-long food and wine extravaganza and auction that benefits many local charities.
THUNDER BY THE BAY
Benefits Suncoast Charities for Children
SUNCOAST BBQ & BLUEGRASS BASH
Annual BBQ competition and musical event held every April at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.